Polls open throughout most of the country for a provincial election that could shift the balance of power.
The Iraq war dominated his presidency, but it isn't the only signature foreign-policy event of his tenure.
Readers write about why President Bush may not be given a lot of credit, the need for Nicaragua to work with international donors, and how the time has come for compassion in Gaza.
Violence has plummeted and US forces are pulling back, but the year ahead will test the staying power of gains throughout the country.
The $592 million, 104-acre compound that was dedicated in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone on Monday is meant to symbolize a long-term commitment to Iraq.